Cape Thoroughbred Sales
Runners purchased at CTS Sales again acquitted themselves well in the feature races staged at Greyville on Saturday. Midway through the 2019 KZN Champions Season, CTS graduates continue to show prominently, courtesy of a growing number of quality top-level performances.
First on the board was owner Chris van Niekerk’s six-year-old Liege, who hasn’t tasted success since the 2017 Gr1 Summer Cup but outclassed his rivals in the Gr3 Lonsdale Stirrup Cup over 2400m, winning by more than two lengths for jockey Raymond Danielson.
Trainer Sean Tarry said: “When I stepped him up to 2400m in February he ran a fair race and then last time, over 3200m, he pulled under top weight of 60kg and still race a good race, beaten under five lengths by Sunshine Silk.
“That things didn’t go right for him and he still ran well, gave me hope for the Lonsdale, in which he raced with just 55kg over 2400m. His rating has dropped from a high of 110 to 95 and as a Gr1 winner he wasn’t hard to find on form.”
Liege was a R650,000 buy at the 2014 CTS Ready To Run Sale. His earnings from seven wins and five places stand at R2,2-million.
Silvano’s Pride and Front And Centre, graduates of the 2017 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, fought out the finish of the prestigious Gr1 Woolavington Stakes over 2000m, and the Richard Fourie-ridden Silvano’s Pride prevailed by quarter length.
Silvano’s Pride, a hard ‘puller’ in her starts over 1400m and 1600m, tried 2000m for the first time and trainer Justin Snaith attributed her game performance to the step up in distance. He said: “She’s by Silvano and she’s a 2000m horse, we’ve just been waiting for the right 2000m race. I knew that if Richard got the race he wanted, they’d be hard to beat.”
Fourie sent Silvano’s Pride out to make the clip and said: “She was more relaxed today, stronger too. She’s a good filly, she fought well.” Silvano’s Pride was born from the mare Mary Stuart (Jet Master) and raised at Klawervlei for owner/breeders Anthony Peter, who took her back for R100,000 at CPYS and said to Snaith: “You can train her Justin, let’s see what happens!” Peter will be chuffed with his filly’s R982,000 in stakes earned from only nine runs.
Joey Ramsden R20,000 ‘steal’, Twist Of Fate (CTS March, 2017), was always up against it having to face star colt Hawwaam in the Gr1 Daily News, but he ran his heart out again and chased the champion home, just 1,50-lengths adrift at the line.
Hawwaam’s trainer Mike de Kock considers Twist Of Fate, by Master Of My Fate, “the second-best three-year-old in the land”, and Ramsden can look forward to adding much more to the colt’s already impressive R2,6-million in earnings, banked for a group of small owners.